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Phoenix man sentenced to prison for trafficking meth

Published On: 09-08-2017 in Category: drug addiction, methamphetamine, substance abuse

A federal court in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on August 23, 2017, sentenced a 38-year-old man from Phoenix to seven years in prison for methamphetamine trafficking. Eugene Daniel Gonzalez, who was arrested in December 2016, will be on supervised release after he completes his seven-year prison term, media reports said.

According to court records, authorities in Hidalgo County pulled over the car in which Gonzalez was travelling for traffic violations and discovered two bags filled with about 939 grams of crystal methamphetamine in a suitcase. Although Gonzalez was a passenger in the car, he had later admitted to possessing the drugs with the intent to distribute.

Methamphetamine is a devastating drug

Resembling small fragments of ice with a white, crystal-like glassy appearance, methamphetamine or meth is an extremely addictive and powerful central nervous system (CNS) stimulant capable of producing intense sensation of euphoria. Studies suggest that this stimulant-hallucinogenic compound has a high potential for abuse and dependence, causing people with addiction to indulge in a binge-and-crash method of drug abuse. Chronic meth users are known to go through irresistible urges to use the drug over and over again to experience higher levels of euphoria, which ultimately culminates in an overdose.

Categorized as a Schedule II drug, methamphetamine is a highly controlled substance known to excite certain brain systems to trigger dopamine rush in the user. Frequent abuse of the drug can cause ventricular fibrillation and arrhythmia. Moreover, once hooked on meth, the individual is vulnerable to substantial weight loss, hyperthermia, stroke, hypertension and soaring body temperature. Meth can unleash damages on a user’s life by exhausting body resources and impairing vital body functions and organs.

Professional detoxification in a supervised environment is the best method for people addicted to methamphetamine to break free from the chains of addiction. Safe and smooth withdrawal, customized nutrition, regular exercise, proper rest and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are essential parts of the detoxification process at a good rehabilitation center. In a clinical setting, each patient is monitored by clinicians and trained medical staff such as resident assistants, physicians, nutritionists, psychiatrists and other specialists who adhere to an individualized treatment plan as each person’s addiction is unique and requires personal attention.

Battling the addiction menace

If you or your loved one is battling addiction to methamphetamine or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Phoenix Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you get one of the best addiction treatment programs and embrace sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 480-696-5152 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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